That Night Marcellus Wiley Saved My Life | The TGR Podcast


Late eighties. Los Angeles. My father and I were going to our old apartment to bathe because the water in our new apartmemt wasn’t on, yet. The task wasn’t as arduous as it sounds, we were less than a mile away from our prior apartment.


When we arrived, we were approached by two gunmen. That’s when things got hectic.


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Welcome to Death Row: The Construction and Collapse of An Empire Documented


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As NWA’s Straight Outta Compton movie buzz dies down, Daz Dillinger — of Tha Dogg Pound — has been kicking up dust in regards to the next installment of the NWA fairytale. That next installment is that of Death Row Records.

In what seems like a rush to cash in on nostalgic nepotism, Daz began announcing his plans to write and produce the Death Row film while Straight Outta Compton was still earning money in theaters. Well, that ship has been stopped from sailing because, according to WIDEawake Entertainment Group (who controls Death Row records’ post-Marion Knight estate), WIDEawake owns the all the music, which in essence, is the story.

But just because they own the virtual soundtrack to the story of West Coast rapdom after the expiration of Eazy-E doesn’t mean that the story stops being told.

In 2001, a documentary was produced called Welcome To Death Row which captured the recorded history of the construction and collapse of Death Row Records. This movie is supposedly the basis of what Daz Dillinger is shopping as the “Dogg Pound 4 Life” movie.

The physical film has since slightly fallen out of rotation due to the uptick of internet era, but we have it here today.

Watch Welcome To Death Row below.

UPDATE: I’ve been told that Daz isn’t shopping this movie, the SOC team is.

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5, 10, 15, 20: A Look At Hip Hop’s Yesteryears – The Beef Edition



Words by Cordrick Ramey

Beef. Beef is the culinary name for meat from bovines, especially cattle. Beef can be harvested from bulls, heifers, or steers. Its acceptability as a food source varies in different parts of the world. Or, the other definition: to have a grudge or start one with another person. Of course we are talking about the latter. Throughout the history of hip hop, people have always found a way to have a problem, misunderstanding , or general dislike for another person. So this week’s installment of 5-10-15-20 is dedicated to what else…Beef.

5 Years Ago…2010
Rick Ross vs. Young Jeezy

Ross was riding high on the success of BMF (Blowin Money Fast) at the time. Meanwhile, Young Jeezy, who had actual ties to BMF (Black Mafia Family), didn’t take to kindly to the tune. Even though he obviously separated himself from BMF when the shit hit the fan, he still felt affiliated enough to take offense to Ross speaking the name. Shortly thereafter he released “Death Before Dishonor.”

Ross responded quickly with “The Summer’s Mine.”

Big Meech responded himself on the matter concerning Young Jeezy and basically called him a liar.

Winner: Rick Ross

Ten Years Ago…2005
50 Cent versus Game

Back in 2005 G-Unit was poised to be the next NWA. One man decided to leave the fold and damn near took out the whole organization. The beef between 50 Cent and Game came into fruition because 50 thought Game was being disloyal in other beefs that the Unit was involved in at the time. 50 went on to kick him out of G-Unit on Hot 97, a station where The Game had done an interview hours earlier. Physical altercations took place soon after, but The Game struck first on wax with “300 Bars and Runnin.”

50 fired back with “Not Rich Still Lying.”

Obviously not taking the beef seriously on wax, 50 wanted to play comic. But only one of them were joking when it came to rhymes.

Winner: The Game

15 Years Ago…2000
Scarface, Rap-A-Lot Records, and the F.B.I.


Couldn’t really locate a real rap beef in the year 2000. So instead I focused on a real beef.

From the stellar album, “Last Of A Dying Breed,” Scarface delivered a tale of conspiracies, snitches and undercover FBI agents. Sounds like a typical rap tune, however, every word was true. J. Prince had undercover agents really seeking out a way to make Rap-A-Lot fall. I wonder how careful Scarface had to be to deliver this song lyrically. When the smoke cleared, Rap-A-Lot business continued as usual and Scarface had scored one of the only records to diss the FBI and actually name names.

Winner: Rap-A-Lot

20 Years Ago…1995
Mystikal and UNLV

This year saw a lot of beefs at their infant stage. Suge Knight called out Bad Boy at The Source Awards that year.

But the beef that was in full swing for a lot of us in the south was Mystikal versus UNLV.

Based on a long standing beef, in which Mystikal believed Yella Boy from UNLV was involved with the murder of his sister, he unleashed my favorite Mystikal track ever.

Technically released in 1996, UNLV struck right back with Drag’em In The River. Maybe you heard the beat before.

Winner: I seriously can’t call it. Both of these songs hit hard. I would say Mystikal for the one verses three ratio and longevity.

[Editor’s note: Yella Boy was subsequently murdered, and rumor has it that Birdman was behind it.]

As always, questions, comments and suggestions accepted.


Words by Cordrick Ramey
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